This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated. People with schizophrenia may not make sense when they talk. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with Schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are really thinking” (p.1). I could not imagine myself living life with Schizophrenia, because it really takes a toll on your mental well-being.
This psychotic disorder primarily affects a human’s brain. A person living with this mental illness experiences several symptoms as well as signs. Therefore an individual relies on a relative or someone he/she is comfortable with in order to watch him/her. People who are suffering from Schizophrenia are usually referred to as Schizophrenics. Many individuals have a difficult time accepting that either he or she has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
In an article by Smith and Segal (2014) it is stated that “Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person acts, thinks, and sees the world.” Individuals with schizophrenia have a hard time determining what is real and what is not and this is due to the fact that they are usually affected by hallucinations. People with schizophrenia tend to see and hear things that are not there in real life but that appear real to them. They suffer from extreme distrust in people and usually believe that everyone is out to hurt them. This physiological damage makes it extremely difficult to carry out an ordinary life due to the loss to determine what reality is and what is imaginary. Causes Schizophrenia just like every other mental disorder does not have a specific know cause for it and its widely unknown to all medical researchers.
Schizophrenia can be a debilitating disorder, however, there are many treatments that can allow people who suffer from it to lead normal lives. “Schizophrenia, a complex and often disabling mental illness, is among the most serious of brain diseases” (Veague 1).To some schizophrenic patients, imagination and reality become so intertwined that they cannot distinguish between them. Those who suffer hear and see what no one else around them hears or sees and sometimes finds it impossible to believe the voices and visions are all a part of their imagination. Before the 1950’s, many schizophrenics had to remain in mental hospitals. Emil Kraepelin, a German psychiatrist, provided the first characterization of schizophrenia, in the late nineteenth century.
INTRODUCTION Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness. Patients experience progressive personality changes and a breakdown in their relationships with the outside world. They have disorganized and abnormal thinking, behavior and language and become emotionally unresponsive or withdrawn. “The first signs, usually only noticed in looking back on events, are likely to include an unexpected withdrawal of the degree or type of contact that the person used to have with family or school. The person seems less capable of of dealing with "minor" stresses in the accustomed way.
People with this disorder have a hard time understanding and relating to others, managing emotions, and perceiving things as real or fake. The limbic system plays a large role in mood control and emotional responses. Many people with schizophrenia are often depressed and socially withdrawn. They also often hear voices in their head telling them to do things and hallucinate frequently b... ... middle of paper ... ...zophrenia becomes homeless. It also leads to a higher rate of victimization.
Individuals that suffer from schizophrenia seem too disengaged from society and are not able to perform some of the normal functions of life. The disorder is associated with “deficits in neurocognitive processes that represent a core feature of the disorder and may precede illness onset” (Kantrowitz, 2012) as stated in the Expect Review of Neurotherapeutics article. There are defects in many neuropsychological domains throughout the person’s brain that ends up causes the person to have certain reactions. People that suffer from schizophrenia also have episodes of hallucinations, delusions, incoherent speech, illogical thinking, and bizarre behaviors. In addition, some other behaviors are not being able to think clearly and have almost no facial expression to almost any emotio... ... middle of paper ... ... M., Rosen, C., Faull, R., & Strauss, G. P. (2008).
Signs/Symptoms Schizophrenia usually develops gradually, although onset can be sudden. Friends and family often notice the first changes before the victim does. Among the signs are: · Confusion · Hallucinations · Delusions · Nervousness · Anger · Inability to make decisions · Changes in eating or sleeping habits, energy level, or weight · Strange statements or behavior · With drawl from friends, work, or school · Neglect of personal hygiene · Not caring about the opinions of others · A tendency to argue · A conviction that you are better than others, or that people are better than you The essential feature of Paranoid Schizophrenia is obsession with one or more delusions or with frequent hallucinations related to a single theme. In addition, symptoms like that of the Disorganized and Catatonic Types such as incoherence, catatonic behavior, or disorganized behavior, are absent.
They are incapable of understanding other’s feelings, withdraw themselves socially and are concerned with their thoughts and fantasies (Nevid & Rathus et al., 2010) The most common type of schizophrenia is called Paranoid Schizophrenia. Individuals living with this type of schizophrenic disorder displays paranoid delusions accompanied by hallucinations and perceptual disturbances. They may have some delusions of persecution, exalted births, references, special missions or bodily change (Puri & Treasaden, 2011). As mentioned earlier, some individuals assume they are being conspired against, therefore they may have a more agitated and fearful personality, which goes hand-in-hand with the delusional thoughts. It is difficult for ... ... middle of paper ... ...hizophrenia Health Information - NY Times Health.
Schizophrenias may also think that other people have control over them when it comes to knowing what thoughts run through the mind and they believe that those people will bring harm to their lives (NIMH-Schizophrenia). When trying to establish a conversation with schizophrenics it can be rather awkward at times. They sometimes can’t put their words together to have a conversation that makes sense. They won’t come off as talkative people. Schizophrenics can sit for a long period of time without making any movements or even saying a word.